Spotlight on a Solar Pro: Michael Westhafer
For October’s spotlight on a solar pro, Renu wanted to highlight someone who is praised by his coworkers and has a passion for the environment. Not to mention, he was July’s Field Employee of the Month!
Michael Westhafer was born in Charlotte, NC and went to college at Appalachian State University, where his love for the earth and renewables began. “I became interested in renewable energy when I decided to study Sustainable Development at App. State. I realized the magnitude of human effects on our ecosystem and acknowledged that we if we want a healthy planet for future generations then we need to shift from conventional fossil fuels to a renewable energy source”. After graduating, he got involved in the trades and eventually got an offer with Renu to work on our electrical team.
In response to his thoughts on battery systems and energy storage Michael says: “they give us the ability to use solar energy during a utility grid outage. A huge limitation to our electric grid is that we don’t currently have a way to store energy after it is produced. This creates a wasteful energy model. Having the ability to store energy in batteries will help promote energy efficiency and independence.”
If he could write a more informal, fun job title for himself that describes his favorite work responsibility or activity, it would be “Sun Saver”. Michael has worked for Renu since last September and has loved every minute of it.
“I approach my role with a positive attitude. The work I do is a reflection of my mentality, I believe that keeping a positive attitude about my work helps maintain a higher standard for the installations that I am part of.”
In his free time, he enjoys gardening and hiking with his dog. In addition to being a solar expert, he loves carpentry and woodworking. Most of his coworkers don’t know this, but he has been a beekeeper for almost 2 years.
Motivated and well-rounded, Michael is a perfect example of the ideal employee at Renu Energy Solutions. We are proud to have him as a part of our field installer team and the Renu family!